Skip to main content
10:30 pm
to take this opportunity to recognize a school, a new preschool that is thriving. in february of 2008, when a group of parents, frustrated with the lack of quality preschools in san francisco, open the school to provide a multi lingual, multicultural environment where people can freely develop their gifts and interests. 45 children from diverse cultural backgrounds attended the school and enjoy the program with an innovative mandarin immersion approach. by creating a loving environment, encouraging exploration, fostering curiosity, and fostering the language proficiency and cultural awareness, they are preparing students for success in the globalize world. please join me in thanking the school for providing the city of
10:31 pm
san francisco with nurturing the infinite capacity of young children. thank you all for coming today. >> thank you, supervisor. we have been in the area for a number of years. in the last three years, i cannot tell you how wonderful the community has been to us. from a pizza parlor owners, to the store that we go to for christmas tree decorations, to all of the neighborhoods. after three years, we have been a thriving community. i have passed along an overview of our school. some of us have graduated and have come back to show our delight in this. this is a little baby that says, i love mommy. we do represent a very diverse community.
10:32 pm
to extend our thank you, our children have created booklets for every single supervisor here. without further ado, i would like to thank you for having us come. where are the booklets? they are all original artwork from our kids. there should be of levin. we hope you enjoy it. [applause]
10:33 pm
>> thank you. i also have another accommodation.
10:34 pm
hi. colleagues, i would like you to join me in honoring her for her lifetime of service to san francisco. she was my appointee to the mental health board for the last five years. i cannot believe it has been that long. she worked tirelessly to connected community with the city to better help families that used in dental services. before she joined the board, she worked as a youth counselor for six years and was a valued member of the use of thing -- youth housing authority. she showed her devotion to people she was working with and exhibited excellent leadership skills. i would like to commend her to her service to the community and the people of san francisco. thank you very much for being here. [applause]
10:35 pm
>> i would like to say thank-you to the supervisor alioto-pier. and also to sophie maxwell. i am a little nervous. i want to thank my family for being with me. and the executive director of the mental health board. [applause] i want to thank all of you. i continue to serve. people ask, why are they doing this? >> they are being kind to people. when should we stop being kind? never. [applause]
10:36 pm
>> thank you. thank you, supervisor alioto- pier. this is followed by a supervisor chu. >> can i ask dave to come up? if you could come up with him. today, it is my honor to
10:37 pm
recognize dave, who has dedicated the last 38 years of his life to the san francisco parks and recreation department. he started out at the jackson playground where he coached thousands of kids that baseball, basketball, and football. he began running services for the facilities and began running the first inclusion program. for the last 21 years, he has poured his heart and soul into his job as the camp director for the day camp. that equates to 21 years for creating new games and crafts for kids every week. learning and teaching every single camp song and skit imaginable. if you line up all of the smorews you cooked they would
10:38 pm
probably go to the moon. this is a place for urban kids can go to explore nature to their car -- their heart's content. folks get together and celebrate. the things that they hear is how wonderful dave has been and how instrumental he has been to the success of the camp. this is his last week at pine lake camp. i want to thank you for all of your years of service and your dedication to the children of san francisco. thank you very much. [applause] >> i would like to thank the board of supervisors. a special law -- especially supervisor carmen chu for recognizing this over the last 38 years by honoring me today. my whole career has been centered around one principle. to provide quality recreational opportunities for the children
10:39 pm
of san francisco. this friday it will mark the end of my 38-year career with the san francisco parks and recreation department. this is not my decision to leave, but the decision of recreation and parks, who no longer require my assistance. i am touched by the family and friends who have touched my life. especially supervisor carmen chu, blackstone, and the people behind me. i have been blessed to have a co-worker like carol at my side. her ability to help children with disabilities is unsurpassed. if i have not been the camp manager, i have a profound admiration for both of them and the board of ethics. thank you. [applause]
10:40 pm
>> i retired last year from parks and recreation. this has been very hard with us to lose his position after this many years. he has done a good job. he has an impeccable record. he will be missed. 21 years as a camp manager. he has done wonders. he has children from the 1970's
10:41 pm
that stop by the house to see how daisy is doing. children with disabilities act still come to see how dave is. i am truly happy to see how truly recognized he has been. it is a long time coming. i know there is life after rec and park. he said that i would never have met cammy or carmen. for all of the wonderful people. thursday night, we do have our final luaw for the summer. dave bayh is a -- buys a pig out of his own pocket. >> good afternoon, board of
10:42 pm
supervisors. i would like to take this opportunity to honor him and providing a space and treasured experience that all san francisco you should probably have an opportunity to participate in. he has had the opportunity to get to know the campers individually. he has volunteered junior counselors. from paid junior counselors to adult camp counselors. within the estimate he has built continuity, trust, solid values, job training for our youth for the last 21 years. this is for 38 years with the san francisco parks and recreation department. it is with deep sadness that i and other san francisco families have the values of san
10:43 pm
francisco public employees at the end of this month. his leadership and commitment will be missed and it is a replaceable. thank you very much for this honor. thank you. [applause] >> as a parent who has had the opportunity to have two of his children to go through pili -- pine lake the kamp, i have to say, thank you for doing this. this is a great opportunity to thank dave for what he has done. i cannot imagine what we have done without it. you need your medical
10:44 pm
professionals and you need everybody. you need a good, solid, recreation program. that is what we had in the summer with dave in pine lake. >> thank you very much for the presentations. are there any others for the day? >> today's meeting will be adjourned in the meeting of the following individual on behalf of the full board of supervisors. president chiu: i know we are about to recessed for our first break since christmas. i would like to thank all of you for the tremendous work that you have been doing. i know it has been a very busy
10:45 pm
time. . at this time, i would like to adjourn until september 7.
10:46 pm
10:47 pm
10:48 pm
10:49 pm
10:50 pm
10:51 pm
10:52 pm
10:53 pm
10:54 pm
10:55 pm
there are so many ways that the internet provides real access to real people and resources and that's what we're try to go accomplish. >> i was interested in technology like video production. it's interesting, you get to create your own work and it reflects what you feel about saying things so it gives perspective on issues. >> we work really hard to develop very in depth content, but if they don't have a venue, they do not have a way to show us, then this work is only staying here inside and nobody knows the brilliance and the amazing work that the students are doing. >> the term has changed over time from a very basic who has a computer and who doesn't have a computer to now who has access to the internet, especially high speed internet, as well as the skills and the knowledge to use those tools
10:56 pm
effectively. . >> the city is charged with coming up with digital inclusion. the department of telecommunications put together a 15 member san francisco tech connect task force. we want the digital inclusion program to make sure we address the needs of underserved vulnerable communities, not communities that are already very tech savvy. we are here to provide a, b and c to the seniors. a stands for access. b stands for basic skills and c stands for content. and unless we have all three, the monolingual chinese seniors are never going to be able to use the computer or the internet. >> a lot of the barrier is knowledge. people don't know that these computers are available to them, plus they don't know what is useful. >> there are so many businesses in the bay area that are constantly retiring their computer equipment that's perfectly good for home use.
10:57 pm
computers and internet access are helping everybody in the community and people who don't have it can come to us to help with that. one of the biggest problems we see isn't whether people can get computers through programs like ours, but whether they can understand why they need a computer. really the biggest issue we are facing today is helping people understand the value of having a computer. >> immediately they would say can i afford a computer? i don't speak any english. how do i use it. then they will start to learn how to do email or how to go back to chinese newspaper to read all the chinese newspaper. >> a lot of the barrier still is around lack of knowledge or confusion or intimidation and not having people in their peer network who use computers in their lives. >> the important thing i learned from caminos was to improve myself personally. when i first came to caminos, i didn't know anything about
10:58 pm
computers. the second thing is i have become -- i have made some great achievements as an individual in my family and in things of the world. >> it's a real issue of self-empowerment where new immigrant families are able to communicate with their families at home, able to receive news and information in their own home language, really become more and more connected with the world as well as connected even inside their local communities. >> if we value the diversity of our city and we value our diverse neighborhoods in the city, we need to ensure that they remain economically viable. equiping them and equiping residents in those areas with jobs that will enable them to stay in san francisco is critical to that. >> the important thing that i see here at caminos is it helps the low income community, it helps the women who wouldn't have this opportunity otherwise. >> the workers with more education in san francisco are more likely to be able to
10:59 pm
working that knowledge sector. where they are going to need that familiarity with the internet, they are going to find value with it and use it and be productive with it every day. and half of the city's population that's in the other boat is disconnected from all that potential prosperity. >> we really need to promote content and provide applications that are really relevant to people's lives here. so a lot of the inspiration, especially among the immigrant community, we see is communications with people from their home country but we as much want to use the internet as a tool for people to connect within the local san francisco community. >> i think it's our job as public educators to give them this access and give them this opportunity to see that their efforts are being appreciated beyond their immediate reach. >> you have to blend this idea of community network with computer equipment with training and with support. we can pull all t